Introduction to Romantic Opera

This section contains information on major trends and composers in Romantic opera. We will be focusing our study on developments in the Italian and German operatic traditions. There was also a good deal of innovation taking place in Paris in the 19th century, but Verdi (Italian) and Wagner (German) were the most influential composers of the era so we’ll limiting our reading to those two national styles.

This section includes the following pages:

  • Slide Show: Romantic Opera
  • Early Romantic Opera
  • Later Romantic Opera
  • Trends in German and Italian Opera
  • Giuseppe Verdi
  • Rigoletto
  • La donna e mobile
  • Verdi’s Requiem
  • Richard Wagner
  • Tristan und Isolde
  • Liebestod
  • Verismo
  • Giacomo Pucinni
  • La Boheme
  • Che gelida manina
  • Si, mi chiamano Mimi